Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rotator Cuff Injuries

One of the most common injuries that athletes incur is a tear in the rotator cuff, which is a group of four muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder to provide movement and stability. The tendons from these muscles attach to the top of the humerus, and this is where most tears occur, although muscles are sometimes involved. Rotator cuff tears can be paused by direct blows to the shoulder, by falling on the arm while it is outstretched and by having your arm yanked. Impingement (tendinitis), where the rotator cuff tendons rub against the shoulder blade, can also cause the rotator cuff to become inflamed, fray and weaken.

People most susceptible to these injuries include swimmers, tennis players, baseball players and other participants in activities that involve a lot of arm movement overhead. Your risk for injury is also higher if you are over the age of 40 since muscles and tendons lose elasticity as you age.

If you have torn your rotator cuff, we can help without the need for steroid injections or surgery. Here at Bezak Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Greenbelt, MD, we use multitude of holistic therapies, such as electrical muscle stimulation and cryotherapy, to promote healing and reduce pain and inflammation. Additionally, chiropractic adjustments and targeted exercises can be used to restore mobility and range of movement. In about six to eight weeks, you will notice a significant improvement.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Bezak, Dr. Shaun Bezak or Dr. Kelly Krol-Bezak, call 301-220-0496. For more information, visit our website at

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